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September 30, 2015



Earl B. Clark American Legion Post 42


The October meetings of  Earl B. Clark American Legion Post 42 and Unit 42 American Legion Auxiliary will be held at the American Legion Hall, 1078 Beauty Hill West, Barnstead Parade, on October 6, 2015 at 6:30 PM.


The meetings will be followed by a Pot Luck supper.  Anyone interested in becoming a member is welcome.



2015 Festival Of Trees


To get us in the holiday spirit (yes, it’s coming!) Sticks & Stones Farm in Barnstead, NH sponsors a yearly festival exhibiting Christmas trees purchased by local businesses that compete for the best decorated tree.  The proceeds from the sale of trees are donated to the child advocacy center serving Belknap County, the Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center in Laconia.  Last year more than two dozen trees were decorated and later donated to needy families after the event.


This year’s Annual Festival of Trees is set for Friday, November 20th from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm and Saturday, November 21st from 1:00pm-8:00pm at Sticks & Stones Farm,.107 White Oak Road, Center Barnstead, NH.  Mark your calendars for this family event featuring wagon rides, visits with Santa, hot cocoa & cider, and a bonfire for marshmallow toasting.  Soak in a little holiday spirit while participating in a good cause. 


All proceeds will benefit the Greater Lakes Child Advocacy (GLCAC).  The GLCAC affords a child-friendly place and trained forensic interviewers for victims of child abuse, coordinates the agencies required to investigate such cases and works with caregivers to help the victim and family heal. “There is no charge to victims for the services we provide,” said Meghan Noyes, Director of Program Services, “but we are a non-profit agency relying on fundraising, grants and  charitable contributions.  We are fortunate to have Barbara and Guy Comtois from Sticks & Stones Farm offering this event yearly to graciously benefit the child victims and families we serve,” Noyes said.  Information about the GLCAC can be found online at www.cac-nh.org


For more information about the Festival of Trees or to purchase a tree for your organization, group or family, please call (603-833-8897) or email:  stikston@gmail.com. Trees should be requested  by October 21, 2015. Additional Event information can be found at www.facebook.com/groups/bfestivaloftrees



John Cunningham To Speak At Maple St. Church

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Missionary John Cunningham will be visiting Sunday, October 4th at the Maple Street Church at 11:00 with a Pot Luck Luncheon immediately following the service.


John Cunningham, missionary, is on administrative assignment to the JESUS Film Harvest Partners office in Olathe, Kansas.


Growing up in Wolfeboro NH and other towns in New England, John went on to receive a B.A. degree in sociology from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1976, and the M.Div. degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1980.  Following his seminary training, he pastored the Church of the Nazarene in Shippensburg, PA, for four years.


In 1984, John, and his wife, Sandy, were appointed to the Republic of Ciskei [SIS-sky] with their two daughters where John served as the District Superintendent until the position was turned over to national leadership.  He also led the efforts to pioneer the new work in the Republic of Transkei [TRANS-sky] and the Kingdom of Lesotho [lay-SOO-too].  He served as a Mission Director in the South Field area of southern Africa.  In 1993, he was assigned to pioneer the work in the Republic of Madagascar where he served as Mission Coordinator. He is co-author of the book, Madagascar: Island at the end of the World.


In 1998, John was appointed Field Strategy Coordinator of the East Field on the Africa Region.  In this responsibility, he gave oversight and direction to the mission work of the Church of the Nazarene in nine countries. He also served as Field Strategy Coordinator for the Horn of Africa Field and also the eastern half of the Africa French Equatorial Field.


In 2000, John began his ministry in the Candidate Office of the Global Mission Department for the Church of the Nazarene. He was responsible for career missionary recruiting and promotion, as well as processing of missionary candidates.


He began his current assignment with JESUS Film Harvest Partners in 2007, focusing on projects in areas of evangelism, church planting, and discipleship, as well as developing partnerships with other organizations.  In 2010 he was appointed National Ambassador Coordinator for the United States.  In this role he is responsible for developing a network of volunteer regional, district and local church Ambassadors for the JESUS Film Harvest Partners.


John and Sandy have two married daughters and five wonderful little grandchildren…all under the age of seven.  When not traveling across North America or around the world, he loves to do woodturning in his workshop and tend his organic garden in the backyard. His passion, however, is helping to fulfill the Great Commission in whatever location or situation God has for him.



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